Conodoguinet Creek kayaking

Residents and visitors can enjoy a leisurely float along the Conodoguinet Creek, here pictured in the Mechanicsburg area.

If you are looking for a relaxing way to get out on the water, try one of the many boating opportunities in the Valley.

The scenic Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs is a great afternoon escape. The lake can accommodate shallow-draft boats, canoes and electric motor boats. Rowboats can be rented at TCO Outdoors. Another lake experience can be found at Pine Grove Furnace State Park on Laurel Lake. Boat rentals are available if you don’t have your own.

There are also boating opportunities on the calming waters of the three water trails in the area. The Yellow Breeches Creek Water Trail (a Pennsylvania Designated Scenic River) and the Conodoguinet Creek Water Trail both feature float-trips that are perfect for kayaks. There are also boating opportunities along the sparkling Susquehanna River.

The world-renowned limestone stream, Yellow Breeches Creek, originates on South Mountain, in Michaux State Forest, near Walnut Bottom. From there, the Yellow Breeches meanders through Cumberland Valley’s farmland, forested areas and suburbs, and joins the Susquehanna River near New Cumberland. The main stem of the Yellow Breeches is some 49-miles long and 60-feet wide at its middle stretch.

The Conodoguinet Creek is about 90 miles long and weaves through agricultural lands, villages and small towns. You can enjoy a leisurely float, fishing and bird watching on this Class 1 stream. The trail begins near Carlisle at North Middleton Park.

Its series of elaborate bends and loops meander through Cumberland Valley and end at “The Point” in West Fairview, where the creek flows into the Susquehanna River. “Conodoguinet” comes from an Indian word meaning “a long way with many bends.”

The Susquehanna River is the 16th largest river in America and the largest river lying entirely in the United States that flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The river divides the eastern border of Cumberland Valley and the western border of Harrisburg.

The river meanders 444 miles from its origin at Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, New York and empties into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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